Corra Dirksen is confirmed dead at the age of 82.
Corra was best known as a South African rugby player (Northern Transvaal).
Corra Dirksen
Birth nameCornelius Wilhelmus Dirksen
Date of birth22 January 1938
Place of birthVereeniging, South Africa
Date of death10 July 2020(2020-07-10) (aged 82)
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
SchoolVereeniging High
Notable relative(s)Hanno Dirksen (nephew)
Rugby union career
Position(s)Wing
Provincial / State sides
YearsTeamApps(Points)
?Northern Transvaal?(?)
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1963–68South Africa10(9)
Cornelius Wilhelmus "Corra" Dirken (22 January 1938 – 10 July 2020) was a South African rugby player. He won 10 caps and scored three tries.
Dirksen made his international debut against Australia in 1963. The 1967 series against France was probably his finest hour, scoring all three of his test tries against them. The French were understandably quite wary of him throughout that series, dubbing him Le Monster (The Monster).
He played for the then Northern Transvaal (now Blue Bulls) and the Oostelikes (Easterns) club in Pretoria, which later merged with Adelaars to form Naka Bulls. After retiring from playing he qualified as a medical practitioner, and moved to Johannesburg, Krugersdorp.
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